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Hot Chocolate with Chocolate Syrup Recipe

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You’ll love this Hot Chocolate with Chocolate Syrup Recipe! Crafted with my simple 3-Ingredient chocolate syrup, it’s perfect for those cold evenings or anytime you crave a soothing, rich and decadent hot chocolate. Ready in minutes, this hot chocolate is your new go-to for a quick and delightful warm-up!

Hot chocolate syrup in mugs.

Hot Chocolate With Chocolate Syrup Recipe

This is the ultimate homemade hot chocolate with chocolate syrup! Crafted with a luxurious homemade chocolate syrup that elevates this comforting beverage to new heights.

The rich chocolate syrup is made from just 3 simple ingredients – water, maple syrup, and cocoa powder. Blended with creamy, frothy milk to create a perfect cup of coziness!

Can you Heat Chocolate Syrup?

Yes, you can heat chocolate syrup to blend smoothly into beverages or drizzle over desserts. Warm it gently on the stove or in the microwave, stirring frequently to prevent burning.

Hot chocolate with chocolate syrup preparation.

Expert Tips

  • Quality Maple Syrup: Using pure maple syrup without added sweeteners ensures the best flavor and consistency for your chocolate syrup.
  • Avoid Rapid Boiling: Maintain a slow simmer or soft boil during cooking to prevent the syrup from thickening too quickly and burning.
  • Chocolate Sauce Adjustments: For a richer chocolate flavor, increase the amount of chocolate sauce in your hot chocolate. Adjust according to your taste preferences.
  • Milk Selection: Choose a milk that froths well for the best texture. Full-fat cow’s milk, oat milk, and almond milk are great options for frothing.
  • Consistent Heating: When heating milk on the stove, use medium heat to avoid scalding the milk. Keep the heat consistent for the best results.

Can I use Water Instead of Milk for the Hot Chocolate?

Yes, you can use water for a lighter version of hot chocolate, though it will be less creamy and rich. To enhance the flavor, consider adding a bit more chocolate sauce. Additionally, a splash of milk can be added to introduce a touch of creaminess without making it too heavy.

Hot chocolate with chocolate syrup in mugs dusted with cocoa powder.

What Liquid is Best for Hot Chocolate?

The ideal liquid for hot chocolate depends on your taste:

  • Milk provides a rich, creamy texture.
  • Plant-based milks like almond milk or oat milk offer a dairy-free alternative with varying flavors.
  • Water makes a lighter hot chocolate with a stronger chocolate taste

Day of Baking

Delight in a day of baking with these hand-picked recipes designed to bring variety to your day including this rich hot chocolate for your nightcap!

Breakfast: Easy Fluffy Pancakes

Morning Snack: Easy Cocoa Powder Cookies

Main Course: Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Decadent Dessert: Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding

How to Store Leftover Hot Chocolate

Immediately Enjoy: Hot chocolate is best enjoyed immediately after preparation to experience its full flavor and warmth.

Store the chocolate syrup in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator, where it will thicken and stay fresh for up to two weeks.

Refrigerate Leftovers: If you have leftover hot chocolate, store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 2 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave, stirring well to ensure even heating.

Hot chocolate with syrup pin.

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Hot Chocolate with Chocolate Syrup Recipe

Samantha Pickthall
The ultimate Hot Chocolate with Chocolate Syrup is rich, creamy and decadent! Crafted with a 3 ingredient chocolate syrup!
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 serves
Calories 541 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Chocolate Syrup

  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, or natural unsweetened cocoa powder

Hot Chocolate

  • 2 Tbsp chocolate syrup
  • 2 cups whole milk, or milk of choice
  • Unsweetened natural cocoa powder, to dust
  • Semi-sweet/dark chocolate block, grated or shaved for topping

Instructions
 

Chocolate Syrup

  • Combine Liquids: In a medium-sized saucepan, pour in the water and maple syrup. Place over high heat.
  • Bring to Boil: Whisk continuously and bring the mixture to a boil.
  • Reduce Heat and Simmer: Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low and maintain a gentle simmer.
  • Add Cocoa Powder: Vigorously whisk in the cocoa powder until fully integrated.
  • Monitor and Stir: Allow the mixture to reach a rapid simmer over medium heat. Cook for 8-10 minutes, whisking every 30 seconds to prevent burning.
  • Check Consistency: To test, coat the back of a spatula with the syrup and draw a line with your finger. If the line holds, the syrup is ready.
  • Cool: Remove from the heat and allow the syrup to cool in the pot for about 5-10 minutes, then pour into a heat-proof glass jar and seal.

Hot Chocolate

  • Prepare the Mugs: Add 1 tablespoon of chocolate syrup directly into each serving mug. You can reduce or increase the the amount of syrup.
  • Heat and Froth Milk: Warm the milk on the stovetop in a saucepan over medium heat, whisking continuously until foamy. Alternatively, use a milk frother that also heats the milk for convenience.
  • Combine and Mix: Pour the frothed milk over the chocolate syrup in the mugs, stirring continuously to blend well.
  • Add Finishing Touches: Dust with cocoa powder and grate dark chocolate over the top of each for a decadent finish. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Immediately Enjoy: Hot chocolate is best enjoyed immediately after preparation to experience its full flavor and warmth.
 
  • Store the chocolate syrup in an airtight glass jar in the refrigerator, where it will thicken and stay fresh for up to two weeks.
 
  • Refrigerate Leftovers: If you have leftover hot chocolate, store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 2 days. Reheat gently on the stove or in the microwave, stirring well to ensure even heating.

Nutrition

Calories: 541kcalCarbohydrates: 109gProtein: 13gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 127mgPotassium: 979mgFiber: 8gSugar: 86gVitamin A: 395IUVitamin C: 0.04mgCalcium: 451mgIron: 4mg
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First published in 2021, this recipe was updated in May 2024 to include new information and easier-to-follow method steps in the recipe card. No ingredients have been changed.

4 Comments

    1. Hi Mia! That’s wonderful to hear, can’t beat a hot chocolate made with real chocolate sauce! So happy you enjoyed this recipe 🙂 Sam x

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